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Marshall Bruce Mathers III

(1972-10-17) October 17, 1972 (age 50)
Other names
  • Slim Shady
Years active1988–present[1]
AgentPaul Rosenberg
Spouse(s)Kimberly Anne Scott (m. 1999–2001) «start: (1999)–end+1: (2002)»"Marriage: Kimberly Anne Scott to Eminem" Location: (linkback:
(m. 2006–2006) «start: (2006)–end+1: (2007)»"Marriage: to Eminem" Location: (linkback:
AwardsFull list
Musical career
OriginDetroit, Michigan, U.S.
GenresHip hop
Associated acts
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Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), better known by his stage name Eminem, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, and actor.[2] He gained rapid popularity in 1999 with the release of the album The Slim Shady LP, which won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album that year.[3] His next work, The Marshall Mathers LP, became the best-selling solo album in U.S. history.[4] This made him known around the world, and helped publicize his record label, Shady Records, and his group, D12.

The Marshall Mathers LP and his fourth album, The Eminem Show, also won the Grammy Awards. This made him the first artist to win the Best Rap Album of the Year award three times in a row. In 2003, he won an Oscar for Best Original Song with "Lose Yourself." That song was featured in his film called 8 Mile. "Lose Yourself" would become the single that for the longest time occupied the top spot of the hip-hop charts.[5] In 2004, rumors about the end of his career were announced after the release of Encore. Those rumors were ended with the release of Relapse on May 15, 2009. According to Nielsen SoundScan, Eminem was the best selling artist of the 2000s in the United States and was the 30th best selling artist of all time in 2010, according to the ranking of the RIAA,[6] with estimated sales of 220 million records worldwide, making him one of the world's best-selling music artists.[7][8] In 2010, he released Recovery. Recovery was the best-selling album worldwide of 2010. Recovery became the sixth album in-a-row by Eminem to start in the first position of the United States.[9]

Eminem was voted #79 on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of All Time" list.[10] On a similar list, he was ranked 82nd by Rolling Stone magazine.[11] Including work with D12, Eminem piles up 9 albums at the top of the Billboard Top 200, 7 solo (6 studio, 1 compilation) and 2 solo with D12. He has 13 singles in the top position worldwide.[12] Such a success made Eminem be recognized by the Billboard as the Artist of the Decade (2000-2009).[13] According to the same Billboard, the rapper had two of the five best-selling albums between 2000 and 2009.[14] Eminem has also sold more than 17 million downloads of his songs in the United States alone.[15] In 2009, Eminem was elected, in popular voting, the best rapper of all time by Vibe magazine, beating Tupac in the finals.[16]

Marshall Mathers was born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. He is the only son of Deborah Nelson Mathers-Briggs and Marshall Bruce Mathers, Jr.[17][18] His ancestry is diverse, including Scottish, Welsh, English, German, Swiss, Polish, and possibly Luxemburgish ancestors.[19][20] His father abandoned his family when he was a year and a half old, and Marshall was raised only by his mother in poverty.[17] At age twelve, he and his mother Deborah had moved several times and lived in several towns and cities in Missouri (including Saint Joseph, Savannah, and Kansas City) before settling in Warren, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit.[21] Eminem had a very troubled and unstable childhood. He frequently had his house robbed, attempted to commit suicide multiple times, and had a rocky relationship with his mother.[22] He was frequently bullied at school for his short height. When he was 9, he was beaten up until he got unconcious and was hospitalized with a Cerebral hemorrhage.[23]

After getting a copy of the album Licensed to Ill, from the Beastie Boys group as a teenager, Marshall became interested in hip-hop. He began to make raps at the age of 14 under the pseudonym "M&M". Shortly after that, he joined the Bassmint Productions group, which released an EP titled Steppin' onto the Scene.[24] After the release of the EP, Marshall left the group and changed his stage name to "Soul Intent", and released his first single in 1995 under the independent record label Mashin' Duck Records.[2]Despite being a student at Lincoln High School in Warren, he would sneak out and often participated in freestyle battles at Osborn High School in eastern Detroit.[25] Even though most of the hip-hop members in his state were African-Americans, Marshall ended up being well accepted by the underground hip-hop public.[2][17] After repeating the ninth grade three times for truancy and low grades, he dropped out of school at age 17.[26] Although he dropped out of school, he eventually got his GED.[27] In 1991, his uncle, Ronnie Polkingharn, committed suicide. Mathers was very close to him and was devastated by this fact. He has a tattoo remembering him on his left arm that says "Ronnie RIP".[28]



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